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  This morning, an inside source told CNN that the Democratic National Party has selected Philadelphia as the host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, blessedly bypassing our fair borough (and the third finalist, Columbus, Ohio—shouts to Columbus). This, despite ardent boosterism by the likes of Senator Chuck Schumer and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who last summer said, “We have swag on lock down...A convention anywhere else in the United States of America is just going to be...
The New York Times reports that last night, Sheldon Silver, the Democratic Speaker of the New York State Assembly from the Lower East Side who was recently arrested on corruption charges for raking in millions of dollars in shady money, said he will not resign from his seat as a lawmakers despite mounting pressure, before uttering, "I will not hinder a succession process." The procedure to find a new speaker is already in full-swing as Democrats in...
All hell broke loose yesterday when New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested on corruption charges. Silver, who has represented the Lower East Side district (where he has lived since childhood) for nearly 40 years, allegedly failed to report "substantial payments" from Goldberg & Iryaimi, a Manhattan-based law firm. The assumption that Silver was practicing law was a "fiction," an elaborate scheme designed to cover up $4 million in payoffs he'd received over...
Two weeks ago, New Yorkers went to the polls to cast votes in the Democratic Party primary. Far down the ballot—and far outside the spotlight shone on the Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor races—were the District Leader races. The District Leader is a little-known, volunteer position that nevertheless wields key influence in local politics. Each party elects District Leaders for a two-year term to represent at least one Assembly District. In the District encompassing Greenpoint and Williamsburg,...

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